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Stop The Bullying & Racism! CTC Confronted By SF MLK Middle School Education Workers-Staff
On January 24, 2014 teachers, staff from San Francisco Martin Luther King Middle school and public school advocates spoke out and challenged the physical abuse of students and massive bullying by the principal Natalie Eberhard and cover-up by Assistant principal Anthony Braxton and SFUSD Associate Superintendent Jeanie Pon. The Credential's Committee illegally prevented the material witnesses from testifying in closed session and their lawyer Michael Butler flagrantly violated California law and the education code which requires that material witnesses who made the complaint be contacted and invited to give testimony
Stop The Bullying And Racism! CTC Confronted By SF MLK Middle School Education Workers And Public School Advocates
The Committee on Teacher Credentials which disciplines school staff for committing violations of the California Education Code was challenged on January 24, 2014 by education workers and public school advocates. Complaints had been made about the physical abuse of a student at the Martin Luther King Middle School in San Francisco by principal Natalie Eberhard, a cover-up by assistant principal Anthony Braxton and Associate Superintendent Jeanie Pon. The Commission's lawyer Michael Barth told the material witnesses that they could not testify in the closed hearing despite the law that allows this. This is a clear and flagrant violation of the rights of teachers and education staff while giving unfair treatment to principals and superintendents.
In Eberhard's case she and her lawyer were able to address in CTC credentials committee in closed session while those who made the complaints were denied the same rights despite the law and education code. Governor Brown is directly responsible for this commission and is aware of the violations of the law and education code and California Attorney General Kamal Harris is also aware of systemic violations of the law and education code by the staff and lawyers but has refused to enforce the law at the agency. The was also a statewide audit and joint legislative hearing and the California Senator Darrell Steinberg is aware of the continuing illegal activity by this agency.
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The principal Natalie Eberhard illegally sat on the child at Martin Luther King School and the grandmother has fought to get San Francisco District Attorney and other agencies to take action
The CTC Credentials Committee usually meets in secret although this is illegal. Public comment is allowed but they have refused to inform the public about this requirement. They also have held hundreds of illegal hearings by not letting those who make the complaints know that material witnesses can attend the hearing. The CTC Commission has also violated the law by preventing the appointment of any African American members of this committee
Despite the physical abuses of students and the massive bullying of students, teachers and staff at the San Francisco Middle School, the Superintendent Richard Caranza and government officials have kept her on the job at the school
The CTC lawyer Michael Barth has told material witnesses that that could not attend the closed session and initially told the witnesses and public that they could not testify during public comment. He has also allowed hearings to take place without informing material witnesses the committee hearing was taking place which is required under the law.